Voting with your wallet? Municipal budget policy and election results

Stijn Baert, Herman Matthijs, Ilse Verdievel

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In this research letter, we examine the impact of municipal budget policy on the percentage of votes for the incumbent majority parties in subsequent elections. We contribute to the academic literature by examining the combined influence of taxes, expenditures and debt. Based on data for Flanders (Belgium) between 1994 and 2012, we find no significant association between these budget variables and the actual election results.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0221619
Number of pages11
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2019


  • local budgets local elections


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